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  • Special needs termed 'unreached people group'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo courtesy of Sandra Peoples
    ALVIN, Texas (BP) -- Any church with at least one member with a medical, mental or psychological disorder such as autism or ADHD essentially has a God-given special needs ministry, pastor Lee Peoples told Baptist Press.

    Intentionally meeting the practical and spiritual needs of just one special needs member can mean the difference in reaching whom the pastor characterizes as "an unreached people group within our nation."

    "People with special needs, disabilities, are often -- in churches -- some of the most underserved groups," said Peoples, pastor of Heights Baptist Church (SBC) in Alvin, Texas, and the father of 10-year-old James who has autism. Read More

  • Church's special needs ministry impacts Nicaragua

    by Sharon Mager/Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware , posted Monday, September 10, 2018 (one month ago)

    Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delware photo
    BOWIE, Md. (BP) -- The Nicaraguan woman was surprised to see the visitors -- Americans, who were kind, bringing soft words, praying for her and her family. They also gave her a Bible, and visited her bedridden son. She watched with a smile as the boy looked up at the visitors, and they gave him a blow-up soccer ball.

    It was a transforming moment.

    The Americans included a mission team from Cresthill Baptist Church in Bowie, ... Read More

  • Pastor's special needs family buoys church ministry

    by Grace Thornton/Alabama Baptist, posted Monday, September 10, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo courtesy of Shiloh Baptist Church
    SARALAND, Ala. (BP) -- Robert Lutz is quick to say that the road his family has walked is one of miracles -- and not the kind you would expect.

    For starters, it was a miracle that he and his wife Belinda were able to adopt their first two children back in 2005, he said.

    "God had been working in our hearts toward adopting, specifically from Russia," said Lutz, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Saraland, Ala. But as they walked ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Googling autism & the church

    by DeAnna Gibson, posted Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (6 months ago)

    In googling autism from a family perspective, DeAnna Gibson found that their struggles made churchgoing futile or, as she was experiencing, extremely difficult, underscoring the importance of churches connecting with special needs families. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: He's listening to a story about Jesus

    by Laura Hurd, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Because God has "so lovingly poured out His care for this special needs mama," Laura Hurd recounts the grace and mercy she is learning to give her autistic child. "Autism will forever be full of surprises," she writes, "but so will my heavenly Father." Read More

  • Iceland Down syndrome abortions called 'a tragedy'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 17, 2017 (one year ago)

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    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (BP) -- Southern Baptists involved with special needs ministry are lamenting a report that virtually 100 percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in Iceland are aborted. Individuals with special needs, the ministry leaders say, are made in God's image and bring unique giftedness to churches and society.

    Iceland's abortion rate for Down syndrome babies is "a tragedy," said Tracy McElhattan, a Kansas children's ministry professional who holds a Ph.D. in special education. Read More

  • Cooking with Karla: Special recipes & fellowship

    by Emily Howsden/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, posted Thursday, August 17, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Stephanie Boone
    EDMOND, Okla. (BP) -- Laughter and pleasant aromas fill Karla Boone's kitchen as she gathers with some of her favorite friends to cook delicious meals together.

    Boone and her husband Steve have served in several special needs programs across Oklahoma, but she wanted to make a difference in someone's life rather than just volunteering for a few hours, which she still does and enjoys.

    So Boone came up with the idea to host a cooking class for those with special needs at her home in Edmond, where she and her husband are members of Oakdale Baptist Church. Read More

  • Special needs people spotlighted as 'hidden,' 'forgotten'

    by Shannon Baker, posted Thursday, July 06, 2017 (one year ago)

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    BOWIE, Md. (BP) -- When Amberle Brown was a child, she wanted to be a martyr for Jesus, or at the least, a missionary to an unreached people group. She never imagined she would one day become part of one.

    "I became a nurse as a way to gain access to closed countries," Brown recounted at the second annual Special Needs Conference this past spring, sponsored by the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D). Read More

  • Special needs ministries convey love for all people

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Faith Pineda
    JERSEY VILLAGE, Texas (BP) -- "Can I come to your church and bring my special needs child?"

    The question prompted Nancy Bergeron to launch a new Sunday School class at Jersey Village Baptist Church not long after she began serving as children's minister five years ago.

    "I said, 'Absolutely. We'll make room and do whatever we can to minister.'" Read More

  • 'Night to Shine' elevates special needs royalty

    by Brandy Crase/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, February 14, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo provided by Life Community Church
    OWENSBORO, Ky. (BP) -- More than 100 people with special needs attended the Night to Shine in Owensboro, Ky., an event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation the weekend before Valentine's Day.

    The ladies were adorned in sparkling dresses and the men were decked out in tuxedos as the evening they had been awaiting with great anticipation came to fruition. Flashes of photography and cheers from the crowd created a wave of excitement as the honored guests, each accompanied by a volunteer "buddy," strolled the red carpet Feb. 10. Read More